50 Netflix superhero movies and TV shows to binge watch in 2017
Netflix has been cranking out original superhero series faster than the Punisher can select his next target. But when it comes to superhero movies and TV shows, the streaming service offers so much more than Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. In fact, that's really just the tip of the iceberg — beneath the surface lies not only a frozen Captain America, but a trove of binge-worthy superhero programming.
Here are the top 50 best superhero movies and TV shows on Netflix in 2017:
When a blind lawyer imbued with supernatural powers of sight, strength and speed finds Hell's Kitchen being taken over by the tyrannical Wilson Fisk, he embarks on an epic battle to reclaim his city. From Daredevil to Elektra, Punisher and Kingpin, Daredevil is filled with incredible superheroes and villains.
2. Luke Cage
Luke Cage follows an ordinary man who gains superstrength and bulletproof skin after a prison experiment goes wrong, transforming him into Harlem's hero. Luke fights off the ordinary human baddies but also has an epic battle with Diamondback.
3. Jessica Jones
Another character with superstrength, Jessica Jones starts off as more of an antihero but slowly evolves into a true hero, putting her own life in danger to fight off Kilgrave and his mind-control powers to save New York City.
4. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's heroes come together to form the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, or S.H.I.E.L.D. for short. These superheroes must work as one if they want to take down the world's most fearsome supervillains.
Superman has a cousin, and her name is Supergirl. Just like the Man of Steel, Supergirl is imbued with the abilities of flight, superstrength, laser vision and more. With her Kryptonian powers, Supergirl faces the alien menaces she inadvertently led to Earth.
A billionaire-playboy-turned-vigilante, Oliver Queen returns home after being stranded on an island for five years to tackle the corruption in Star City. Armed with a bow and martial-arts skills, Arrow is a force to be reckoned with.
7. The Flash
After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen becomes The Flash. With his newfound superspeed, this young hero is the fastest crime fighter in Central City. But the Flash isn't the only one with superpowers, and he soon must face the villains who use their powers for evil.
8. Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered
Batman isn't exactly known for teaming up, but that doesn't stop Superman from trying to recruit the Caped Crusader to join his new superhero team in Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered.
Gotham City is riddled with crime, and a young Det. James Gordon vows to do something about it in Gotham, a prequel to the Batman series that focuses on a time before the Caped Crusader first dons his mask.
10. Thor: Tales of Asgard
Thor didn't always wield his war hammer Mjolnir, and Thor: Tales of Asgard follows the young and impetuous Asgardian as he and his brother, Loki, embark on a dangerous quest to find the Sword of Surtur in Yodenheim. But Thor's quest could end up doing more harm than good.
11. Son of Batman
When the Caped Crusader learns he has a violent preteen son raised by the League of Assassins, he steps in to raise him. In Son of Batman, the Dark Knight faces one of his most difficult challenges yet: fatherhood.
12. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, The Flash is caught in an alternate timeline and must work with other superheroes to return to his own, all in the middle of a war between Aquaman's Atlantis and Wonder Woman's Amazons.
13. Justice League: War
In Justice League: War, an alien invasion is headed for Earth and only the Justice League stands in its way. Can the heroes ward off their enemies?
14. The Batman
The Batman follows Bruce Wayne as he struggles to defend Gotham from the likes of Black Mask, Killer Moth, the Everywhere Man, Clayface, Joker, Penguin and Riddler. Can Batman — with the help of Robin and Batgirl — defeat the villains and save their city?
15. Batman: The Movie
It was the Batman movie that started it all. Batman: The Movie centers on The Caped Crusader and his sidekick, Robin, as they kick and punch their way through bad guys in endless classic fight scenes. The Dynamic Duo must stop the supervillains from deploying a secret device that can dehydrate people in an instant.
16. Justice League
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter team up in Justice League to battle against the forces of evil.
Hellboy is a demon conjured by the Nazis during World War II who ultimately chooses to fight for good rather than evil. With help from his team of metahumans, Hellboy defends against the forces of darkness.
18. V for Vendetta
"Remember, remember the fifth of November." It's the mantra of a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V. V is incredibly strong and resilient, capable of shrugging off gunshot wounds with ease, but it's only with the help of a young woman that V overthrows a tyrannical dystopian British government in V for Vendetta.
19. Justice League Unlimited
Dozens of superheroes join forces in Justice League Unlimited to battle against crime and, of course, to fight evil.
20. Young Justice
The youthful superheroes of Young Justice want only one thing: to be part of the Justice League, just like the adults. After freeing Superman's young clone, the League decides to train the youngsters to fight evil in their own way.
21. Captain America: Civil War
One of the most epic superhero movies of all time, Captain America: Civil War focuses on the rising tensions among the Avengers as the group splits into two camps: those who want to save Bucky and those who want to bring him in. It's a powerful and compelling story — and an absolute must-watch for any superhero fan.
22. The Punisher
When his entire family is slaughtered, Frank Castle becomes The Punisher and sets out on a path of vengeance. He's got the skills, the arsenal and the determination to make sure those responsible for his loved ones' death pay for their crimes — with their own lives.
23. Fantastic Four
When a group of astronauts is blasted with cosmic radiation, they're transformed into the Fantastic Four. Armed with newfound powers, the team fights as one to defeat the powerful Doctor Doom.
24. Sin City
Sin City tells four stories at once: a brute seeking retribution for the death of a loved one; a vigilante set on taking down the city's corrupt law enforcement; a police officer who risks his own life to save a girl; and a hitman who only cares about making some money.
25. Superman Returns
The Man of Steel was missing for several years but finally comes back to Earth in Superman Returns. Lex Luther is still intent on rendering the Kryptonian powerless, but worse than that, it seems as though Lois Lane has moved on with her life. Or has she?
While certainly not a superhero in the normal sense, Sherlock has a mind that rivals the likes of Tony Stark. He uses his incredible wit and smarts to outthink his enemies, always finding a way to come out on top.
27. Attack on Titan
In the distant future, giant Titans threaten the very existence of humanity. Standing several stories tall, the Titans devour anyone they can get their oversized hands on. Only a towering wall and a team of mechanized warriors can keep the creatures at bay in Attack on Titan.
28. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
In Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Yu Shu Lien protects his sword, the Green Destiny, from falling into the hands of an evil warlord who plans on using its power to dominate the martial world. Only with the help of the heroic and superbly trained Silent Wolf can he keep the sword safe.
29. Superman II
After being freed from Phantom Zone by a nuclear explosion in space, the evil General Zod, Ursa and Non head to Earth so they can finally rule. Lex Luther joins forces with the evil Kryptonians to get rid of Superman once and for all — but the Man of Steel is not so easily defeated. Superman II is the second installment in the Superman franchise.
30. Planet Hulk
Banished from Earth by Iron Man and sent to an uninhabited planet, Hulk is sentenced to live out his days in solitude. Hulk's plight is worsened when he is enslaved as a gladiator and forced to fight for the pleasure of an evil ruler. No one on Planet Hulk expects the beast to survive the arena, but then again, none of them have ever seen a Hulk in action.
Naruto carries inside of him a great demon fox that imbues him with incredible powers. A lone boy who grew up with no family, Naruto's only dream is to become the Hokage and be a hero to his people.
32. Naruto Shippûden: The Movie
In Naruto Shippûden: The Movie, Naruto must protect Shion, the only shrine maiden powerful enough to seal the demons that threaten to destroy his world. But when Shion predicts Naruto's death, the hero must decide whether to stay by the shrine maiden's side or flee to protect his own life.
33. Naruto Shippûden The Movie: Bonds
Naruto finds himself in the thick of it once again in Naruto Shippûden The Movie: Bonds. During the last Shinobi World War, Sky Country was nearly destroyed by Konoha. Now, ninja warriors from Sky Country have regrouped and are seeking vengeance.
34. Halo: The Fall of Reach
Master Chief wasn't always the hero of the galaxy. Based on the original book, Halo: The Fall of Reach provides a backstory on the origins of the mysterious and powerful Spartan 117.
35. Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange sets off for a Tibetan mountain in hopes the Ancient One can heal his wounds. But the powerful sorcerer must first let go of his painful past before his gift can awaken. He soon becomes the Sorcerer Supreme and must put his magic to the test against one of the most terrifying entities in the universe.
36. Harlock: Space Pirate
In Harlock: Space Pirate, the year is 2977, and humankind has been forced to leave Earth and spread throughout the galaxy. The corrupt Gaia Coalition controls humanity's every move, and only Captain Harlock and his heroic crew can uncover their secrets and restore balance — and maybe even return home.
37. Hulk Vs.
The Incredible Hulk battles against two of the toughest heroes ever known: Wolverine and Thor. Hulk Vs. contains two stories in one and enough action to keep even the biggest Marvel fan happy.
38. Ultimate Avengers
Soon after Steve Rogers became Captain America, he found himself face-to-face with a terrible evil: the Nazis. After diverting a nuclear disaster, Captain America fell into icy waters and froze, but remained alive. He was revived decades later only to find the same threat he once faced in the 1940s. He joins the Ultimate Avengers and gets right back into the fight.
39. Judge Dredd
Judge Dredd is a one-man army — a walking judge, jury and executioner. In 2139, Earth has become virtually uninhabitable. Crime is rampant and only Dredd can keep the order.
40. The Invincible Iron Man
An origin story, The Invincible Iron Man chronicles the events leading up to Tony Stark building his first suit of armor. When Stark is captured and badly injured, he is forced to create his most incredible invention yet to become the Iron Man.
41. Ultimate Avengers 2
In Ultimate Avengers 2, the heroes continue to battle against the same aliens as before. With the help of Black Panther, the Avengers fight to protect Earth and wage war against the alien invasion.
42. Superman III
The Man of Steel faces his most worthy opponent yet in Superman 3: himself. An evil computer genius discovers a way to split Superman in two, creating a good and evil Superman.
43. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman is intent on ridding the world of nuclear weapons, but Lex Luther is intent on keeping the threat of war alive. Luther creates Nuclear Man in hopes of finally stopping Superman. Will evil prevail over good in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace?
Only a handful of humans in the world are Alphas — people with powerful abilities that would make the X-Men jealous. Dr. Lee Rosen rounds up the Alphas and teaches them to control their powers so they can protect themselves and others.
45. Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United
In Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, the Man in the Metal Suit and the Invincible Hulk must work together to stop Hydra and its creation: a being made of pure electrical energy.
What happens when a normal person with no powers becomes a Super? That's exactly the plot of this superhero film, which follows Frank and Libby as they don costumes and fight crime in a completely unconventional way.
47. Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers may not always get along, but the two heroes must move past their differences and work as a team if they hope to defeat the Red Skull and Taskmaster. In Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United, Captain America gets captured, and Iron Man must save his friend.
48. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy Summers is the chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, demons and any other supernatural force that tries to bring about harm. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, and the series is available in its entirety on Netflix.
49. The Crow
Eric Draven was brutally murdered but comes back to life as The Crow. The antihero cuts through an endless string of thugs until he finally reaches the person responsible for his — and his fiancée's — death.
Brothers Sam and Dean are all that stand in the way of hell literally being on Earth. From shapeshifters to demons and everything in between, the duo must fight all sorts of supernatural creatures to keep this realm safe.